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Kerry reaches Bishkek to reassure nervous Central Asia

BISHKEK: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Central Asia on Saturday for a five-day, five-nation tour of the "Stans," to reassure them they will not be forgotten. Concern is mounting in the...

Russian passenger plane with 224 people crashes in Egypt

CAIRO: A Russian civilian plane carrying 224 people crashed in Sinai on Saturday, the Egyptian Prime Minister said, amid earlier conflicting reports that the plane was safely continuing its journey. Egyptian air traffic control...

27 dead in club explosion in Romania

 BUCHAREST: An explosion and ensuing flames on a stage at a Bucharest nightclub on Friday left 27 people dead and 180 hospitalised with injuries, Romania's interior minister said. Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said the...

US to deploy special forces in Syria

 WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has authorized the first sustained deployment of special forces to Syria, the White House said Friday, relenting on a long-standing refusal to put US boots on the ground. Obama okayed...

Last British resident in Guantanamo Bay released: ministry

LONDON: The last British resident in Guantanamo Bay returned home Friday according to the British foreign minister, after spending 13 years at the military prison in Cuba, AFP reported. "The Americans announced some weeks...

40 dead as Syria government rockets hit Damascus suburb: monitor

BEIRUT: Forty people were killed on Friday when rockets fired by Syrian government forces crashed into a market in a rebel-held area outside Damascus, a monitor said. "There were 40 people killed and at...

India asks festival organisers to drop beef film: organiser

NEW DELHI: The organisers of an Indian film festival said Friday the government had pressured them to drop a documentary on the beef industry, amid a heated debate about beef eating in the majority-Hindu...

13 children among at least 22 migrants drowned off Greece: authorities

ATHENS: At least 22 migrants, including 13 children, drowned overnight Thursday to Friday off the Greek islands of Kalymnos and Rhodes as they made a desperate bid to reach Europe, while another 144 people...

Reham Khan confirms divorce with Imran Khan

LONDON: Reham Khan has confirmed her divorce with Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan on a twitter following news of his divorce. “We have decided to part ways,” twitted Reham, who is in the Lodon....

China ends one-child policy: state media

BEIJING: China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on Thursday, with the official Xinhua news agency saying that all couples would be allowed two children. It cited a communique issued by...

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